First regional “giving day” raised $8 million for nonprofit organizations in San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito counties
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Following a successful first-ever regional day of giving that benefited more than 600 nonprofit organizations last spring, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is excited to announce that it will again host Silicon Valley Gives in 2015.
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Silicon Valley Gives will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action.
One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars. During the inaugural Silicon Valley Gives event, held May 6, 2014, nearly 15,000 individual donors contributed just over $8 million to charities based in three counties.
“When we held the first SVGives, it was inspiring to see how generously the community responded,” said Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. “We’re committing ourselves to hosting SVGives in 2015 and 2016, confident that we can help even more nonprofit organizations raise funds to improve people’s lives in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties.”
SVCF is proud to announce that Microsoft and NBC Bay Area are among the early sponsors of Silicon Valley Gives, both contributing leadership and technology to ensure the success of the fundraising effort.
“Silicon Valley Gives is a powerful example of how people can come together to make a positive difference in their communities," said Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Technology and Civic Engagement at Microsoft. "We hope to help surpass the funds raised last year and look forward to engaging citizens and nonprofits to make positive change here in the Bay Area.”
In addition to its sponsorship, Microsoft will host the first of multiple informational sessions for nonprofits about how they may optimize this fundraising opportunity. The first session will be held Monday, October 27 in Mountain View. For information about subsequent information sessions, please visit svgives.org.
During Silicon Valley Gives, SVCF will partner with funders to create matches and prizes for the participating nonprofit groups. These incentives encourage community members to give during what can be a challenging fundraising period for nonprofit organizations.
To find out more about how to get involved with Silicon Valley Gives or to RSVP for the information sessions for nonprofit organizations, please visit svgives.org.
Silicon Valley Community Foundation makes all forms of philanthropy more powerful. We serve as a catalyst and leader for innovative solutions to our region’s most challenging problems, and through our donors we award more money to charities than any other community foundation in the United States. SVCF has more than $4.7 billion in assets under management. As Silicon Valley’s center of philanthropy, we provide thousands of individuals, families and corporations with simple and effective ways to give locally and around the world. Find out more at www.siliconvalleycf.org.